News24xx.com - Japan has just passed a regulation that prohibits its residents from flying drones in the state of drunkenness. If people found violating it, the person will face one-year prison sentence. In addition to prison sentence, there are also penalty in the form of fines of JPY 300 thousand. This prohibition includes drones that weigh more than 200 grams.
"We believe operating the drone after consuming alcohol is as serious as driving in a drunken state" the official of the Ministry of Transportation of Japan was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday, on June 14th 2019.
Not only does it regulate penalties for drunk people, this rule also sets fines for pilots who carry out dangerous stuns while carrying their drones. If found guilty, the person can be fined up to JPY 500 thousand.
These rules also limits the area where operators and pilots can fly their drones. With these rules, drone is now prohibited from flying within 300 meters of the Japanese armed forces, US military personnel and other defense related facilities without permission.
Previously, the Japanese government had banned drones from approaching to nuclear power plants, the Japanese parliament building and the prime minister's office. Ahead of the 2020 Olympics, Japan also prohibits pilots from flying drones in areas near stadiums and other venues.